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Rare Books and Manuscripts

A Featured Collection in ASU's Distinctive Collections

Patten Herbal Books

Books in the Doris and Marc Patten Collection of herbals and early gardening works range in date from 1485-1935, with most of the titles printed during the 16th-18th centuries.In addition to describing plant medicinal uses and characteristics, and gardening techniques, these books offer examples of early book design and printed illustrations.

Images and short descriptions of every book in the Doris and Marc Patten Collection can be found on the Herbals and Early Gardening website. 

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